- What is FreeAnons Solidarity Network (FSN)?
FSN is a group of people who have come together under the rubric of Anonymous, in order to support comrades who have been arrested in their pursuit of activities associated with Anonymous. We provide both moral and financial support to the Anonymous members facing LE harassment and exposure. Also, we exist as an information network to disseminate news and information about arrested Anonymous, wherever they might be.
- How is FSN organized, and why is it organized like that?
FSN is organized as a Florida C Corporation in the name Freeanons Solidarity, Inc. It is incorporated in Florida because one of its supporters is a Florida lawyer. It is a C corporation, rather than a 501(c)(3) non-profit, because the process of becoming a non profit is lengthy and expensive, and requires IRS oversight.
- Can I still make a non-profit donation?
FSN has contacted Media Island International about fiscal sponsorship, which would allow us to be able to accept donations that are tax-deductible in the United States. Please advise us if you would like to commit to this option.
- How is the money collected?
Thus far, we have utilized www.wepay.com and bitcoins for donations. WePay keeps a public tally of the money we have collected, here. People may also send donations to the registered address of FSN. We maintain a bank account at Wells Fargo that is administered by the corporation.
- How is the money used?
The money has been collected to assist arrested Anonymous with any prosecution-related expense, such as travel. Everybody’s legal expenses differ. For instance, the some of the 14 PayPal defendants have court-appointed counsel, and some are paying for their own lawyers. Some lawyers are doing the work pro-bono, or at their own expense. But for each of the defendants, it is an extraordinary burden to be prosecuted by the U.S. government, and some must travel long distances in order to attend hearings.
We are intended to be a need-based service of last resort. In other words, Anonymous members or their lawyers can apply to us if they truly feel they need our assistance, and we will help if we have the funds to do so, and can reach consensus on distribution. If you wish to donate directed to any particular Anon, or their lawyer, you should contact that lawyer directly for advice on how to do so.
- Do you spend donations on anything else?
All services and fees connected with the Freeanons Solidarity, Inc. have been donated, except for bank fees. We do not have any overhead, including website costs or administration, hosting, legal, or any other other expenses, at this time. However, if we continue to raise funds, we will need to retain a certified accountant, or CPA, to administer funds, unless one volunteers.